So Far So Good

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Our resident deer-who-thinks-he’s-a-goat is still alive and well, with just 3 weeks left in hunting season. Luckily for him he hasn’t left the pasture (which proves to me that he is indeed very confused about his identity) and so far no one has bothered him. It helps that he’s something of a celebrity in our community now. But I’ve never worried about a neighbor shooting into our pasture. It’s the deer-crazed knuckleheads who come out here during hunting season and cruise the back roads looking for something to shoot who pose the risk. So far so good.

In other good news, our pigs loaded easily on our rescheduled processing date. As I had hoped, less than a week after their refusal to get on the stock trailer, they were eagerly hopping into it every morning. In fact, within a few days they were waiting for me on the trailer in the morning. That was a relief. Loading them was as easy as just shutting the door, hooking up the trailer and driving away. Lesson learned for the future–don’t assume you can train them to the trailer in a day or two. Next year I’ll start a week early, just to be certain.

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25 comments on “So Far So Good

  1. beeholdn says:

    Well, maybe he’s confused—or maybe he’s just very smart πŸ™‚

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    • Bill says:

      I’m pretty sure he thinks he’s a goat. πŸ™‚ I expected that he might leave the pasture once the female deer started seeking a mate. But as far as I can tell he thinks he has to stay in the pasture.

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      • Deb Weyrich-Cody says:

        Perhaps that’s where he was
        – in your pasture, that is – when his mother last told to him to “Stay put!”?

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      • Bill says:

        I’m fairly certain that’s what happened. His mother parked him with instructions to stay, then never returned for him. So he just took up with the other animals in the pasture.

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  2. nebraskadave says:

    Bill, it’s quite amazing that he has remained in the goat pasture with the goats for that long. I suspect he just feels more at home and safer among the animals that he grew up with.

    Now that the market is closed, what do you do with all those greens. I sure wish I had planted a fall garden as it would still be thriving here as well. I’m not sure what the Winter will bring but everything outside seems to be loving the warmer weather. The geese are still hanging out here and should be long gone to the south. It’s amazing that nature knows when it’s time to do certain things without a long range weather forecast.

    Have a great Virginia Fall day on White Flint Farm.

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    • Bill says:

      We deliver produce to customers who place orders. We send out a weekly email newsletter telling folks what we have available that week and they place orders by email. We deliver to a nearby city and town every week. Our customers have been happy to have fresh garden greens this late in the year.

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  3. Great news, all the way around!

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  4. I’m with beeholdn, I think he’s smart! πŸ˜‰
    Diana xo

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  5. shoreacres says:

    Those pigs, on the other hand, may have ended up saying to one another, “Perhaps we weren’t as smart as we thought we were.”

    I wonder if the goats don’t offer the deer some real protection. The possibility of taking out a goat or two along with their deer might be enough to keep some opportunistic hunters at bay. More people than you’d think consider the downside of lawsuits these days.

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    • Bill says:

      Yeah, pigs are pretty smart. It surely dawned on them at some point that their original fear of the trailer was justified. That’s one hard thing about raising pigs. You spend a lot of time earning their trust, only to betray it at the end.

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  6. Joanna says:

    Definitely a smart deer. I must remember the trick of getting animals used to the trailer for whenever we need to move animals, particularly the sheep – some of their offspring are likely to head to the butcher at some stage.

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    • Bill says:

      Pigs don’t like stepping up, so I built up a dirt ramp to the trailer. But after a few days they’d trampled it down and they just hopped up into the trailer without hesitating. Once they lost their fear of it getting them onboard was a breeze.

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  7. Laurie Graves says:

    Fingers crossed! So glad hunting season in Maine ends the end of October. So nice to be able to go back in the woods.

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    • Bill says:

      We went on a nice long hike in the woods today. Even though the season is still in, it’s relatively safe on Sunday. With temps in the mid-70’s (and no ticks) it was a very pleasant day to be in the woods.

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  8. gatheringplaceseasonfour says:

    like lambs – Blake: Little lamb, do’est Thou know who made thee?

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  9. I like your new deer friend. He may be the smartest one out there hanging with your livestock during hunting season.

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    • Bill says:

      The consensus seems to be that the deer is smart. It doesn’t seem that way to me, but I will grant that he’s probably safer in the pasture than if he were in the woods. πŸ™‚

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  10. Dearest Bill,
    That is a very lucky deer; so far! Hope he will survive this crazy hunting season, as a goat in disguise…
    You were lucky with your pigs. Always hard for letting them go…
    Sending you hugs,
    Mariette

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    • Bill says:

      I wish he’d be a little more discreet, and stay in the woods till dark. But so far so good. I’m beginning to think he’ll make it through unscathed. If he jumps the fence and leaves as soon as the season is over then I’ll concede that he is a very smart deer!

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  11. MansWhirld says:

    Pretty smart buck there…nobody’s shooting at those animals, I shall become one with them πŸ™‚

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